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Adult bullies

Last fall I wrote a post on adult bullying.  I am reposting it this week, because I honestly want to do a deeper dive on this one in the coming weeks.  We so often think of bullying as something kids do.  It upsets us and we struggle to help our kids through it whether they…

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who has their back?

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to be a presenter at Fort HealthCare’s Camp 911.  Camp 911 is a one day camp for kids filled with 1/2 hour classes.  Examples of the classes presented were bike and outdoor safety, mindfulness, CPR & first aid, yoga, a tour of the Smoke House, our police K-9…

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There’s still time

Summer is speeding by.  If you’re like me, you may feel a little stretched for time with all the summer activities.  I know many of my student’s are feeling this way as well.  They have fitness goals and they don’t want to lose what they’ve gained.  It’s a struggle to find time to get in…

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How to be a good training partner

One of the things I find difficult for people to understand is how to be a good training partner.  Whether it’s with kids or adults, there seems to be some fine lines that need to be defined.  While everyone has their own way of learning and their own training style, there a few things that…

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Women are not small men

I was at a seminar once working on a technique.  I was having some difficulty with the way it was presented due to my size and strength vs the size and strength of my training partner, so I was modifying it to work for me.  One of the higher ranking black belts informed me that…

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Setting boundaries

I gave a self-defense workshop in conjunction with PADA of Jefferson County last week.  In talking with these wonderful women, I found that most of their questions were “what do I do if…” There were different circumstances being discussed.  One woman recently had an experience tending bar at a festival that made her uncomfortable.  Another…

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Control and awareness

One of the rules of our dojos, as set forth by Kyoshi Brad Wells, is to never lose self-control or act in a violent manner.  The acting in a violent manner part is pretty self-explanatory.  However, the self-control part is somewhat up to interpretation.  Some people would say that it means to control your temper.…

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The adults of Shin Gi Tai Wisconsin

I’m very proud of all of my students.  The majority of my students are kids, but many people don’t know that we have an adult class as well.  This class is a diverse and unique group of individuals and is growing.  Some of them are probably snickering at my use of the word “adult” as…

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Scammers

More often than not, we think of self-protection as something we do to prevent people from potentially causing us physical harm.  However, there are other things we need to protect ourselves against.  We’ve all heard about phone scams of one type or another.  For example, someone supposedly from the IRS calling you and asking you…

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Emotions and self-defense

As I was preparing for a self-defense workshop with PADA, I got to thinking about the emotional side of self-defense.  It’s the part of self-defense we don’t really like to think about.  We’ll talk about safety measures and things to do to keep yourself from danger.  We’ll discuss behaviors to watch out for.  Then it…

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